The back-to-school rush means youth sports seasons are back as well. Yet while you may have a jump on everything from classroom supplies to carpool schedules, have you prepared your young athletes as well? Here are a few areas you might want to consider.
Take Advantage of Youth Sports’ Variety
It’s tempting to dream of your child as the next Roger Federer, Hope Solo or Steph Curry. However, most children will not play at such a level. That’s why it’s important to encourage young athletes to explore a variety of sports. Participating in a variety of youth sports naturally broadens their knowledge and social circles. It can also give them a physical boost, avoiding the repetitive stress injuries of playing only one sport or position on a team.
Talk About Injuries in a Realistic Way
We’ve all seen the heroic “walk it off” drama of injured athletes in the movies, and we’ve also read of tragedies caused by young athletes ignoring serious injuries. From muscle or joint injuries to Little Leaguer’s Shoulder to concussions, talk to your children about injuries, the types of pain, stiffness and soreness occurs naturally during and after exertion and when they should speak up. Above all, make certain that children understand pain can be a valuable tool in protecting our bodies and correcting situations. There is nothing brave about playing injured and nothing to be ashamed of in pointing out when something doesn’t feel right.
Discuss Proper Stretching and Conditioning
You can’t always depend on coaches – especially volunteers – to know the ins and outs of good conditioning and stretching skills. Make certain they learn these things at home. Discuss good posture, proper stretch resistance and NO BOUNCING during stretches. Above all, make certain young athletes in any sport value stretching. This is a serious part of all sports and not simply the time to chat with their friends. It’s just as important and serious as playing time on the field or court.
Finally, many young athletes find a strategic advantage to maintaining injury-free bodies and improving performance with chiropractic. Just as professional athletes from football players to golfers benefit from regular chiropractic care, so can your young superstar. If you have questions regarding if chiropractic care might be a good investment for your young goalie, quarterback or setter, contact us here.